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Published: April 10th 2014
Just as I imagined with volley ball courts every where!
So who says flying isn't fun? ME! that's who!!!
After dealing with all the emotions of leaving home, the big farewell from Jane, then
finding the card she left me in my bag (naughty girl Jane 😊 ), sitting next to someone in the lounge who was blubbering just like me (lovely to meet you Genna and I hope your wonderful new life in LA is just the start of good things to come), enjoying the plane food (yes I like it!) and watching 3 movies I have had on my hit list, I was really getting into having things under control.
Until I got to LAX.
Now it wasn't the fact that I don't really like this airport, or that it took 2 hours to get my bags and go through customs. Really, that didn't bother me. But, and it's a big BUT
, waiting in that airport for 15 hours for your next flight is pretty ridiculous. That's right, I haven't done a typo, 15 hours.
Apparently for a country a sophisticated as the US, they have difficulty in finding parts for their own planes, being able to have someone other means of
Gorgeous architecture plus rooftop drinking!
fixing it or having the odd spare plane or seats on other planes that could take people where they needed to go. They also didn't see the need to put us up in a motel. However, we did get meal vouchers although they didn't cover any alcohol, which is clearly what one needs when one is holed up in an airport for 15 hours.
Fortunately for me, I wasn't alone in my annoyance and found another Aussie and one poor American business man, who we two Aussies tortured for those 15 hours.
(Does this feel reminiscent of my last few weeks at work teamies?? no, no, not the torture - the repeating of things that are important to moi!).
Anyway, turns out that Jim the Aussie is off to suffer on a cruise for 39 days (gulp!) and Matt the poor American is off to 'suffer' at Key West to turn another flopped property into a resounding success. Meanwhile back at the Clinton Boutique Hotel (I think we all have different definitions on the word 'Boutique'😉, Karen has discovered that while eye masks and ear plugs have little or no effect on planes, they work brilliantly in Hotel rooms. Slept in till 2.00pm then went to discover all things beachy, shoppy and snobby!
Organised a trip to Key West tomorrow to check out the big bridge, have planned to go on a foody tour in South Beach on Friday (but that may not work due to flight times), and will look into riding the local bus to see more of Miami before I leave. Wandered the streets today and took a few photos. Managed to make some discoveries too: found shirts that Ryan & Ali might like for the wedding, found a great little Cuban restaurant and spoke to a Cuban about Cuba, and
finding the decision to go to Cuba is now made (hahah Simon! as I'm sure you thought that was totally off the agenda).
I also found that I can do without proper sleep for 40 plus hours and not go insane.....but that's probably only because you don't go insane unless you spend 4 days without sleep (that's right isn't it Matt?)......and I'm nuts anyway LOL!
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